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Vom mitleiden Mariä (1818) D632

Vom mitleiden Mariä

Als bei dem Kreuz Maria stand, 
Weh über Weh ihr Herz empfand 
Und Schmerzen über Schmerzen; 
Das ganze Leiden Christi stand 
Gedruckt in ihrem Herzen.
Sie ihren Sohn muss bleich und tot, 
Und überall von Wunden rot,
Am Kreuze leiden sehen.
Gedenk, wie dieser bitt’re Tod
Zu Herzen ihr musst’ gehen.
In Christi Haupt durch Bein und Hirn, 
Durch Augen, Ohren, durch die Stirn’, 
Viel scharfe Dornen stachen,
Dem Sohn die Dornen Haupt und Hirn, 
Das Herz der Mutter brachen.

Mary's suffering

As Mary stood by the cross
she felt woe upon woe in her heart, 
and sorrow upon sorrow;
all Christ’s suffering
was impressed upon her heart.
She had to watch her son
suffer on the cross, deathly pale, 
his whole body red with wounds; 
ponder how this bitter death 
must have gone to her heart.
On Christ’s head many sharp thorns pierced 
through bone and brain,
through eyes, ears and brow;
the thorns broke the son’s head and brain, 
and the mother’s heart.

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